Being a part of your literary community means offering more than just great books. Mysterious Galaxy is committed to regular in-store events with authors, book discussion groups, and other special events and celebrations.

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 6:30pm
Are you curious about our new location? Would you like a Hallowe’en treat? You are in luck, because on Hallowe’en night we will be at the new location giving out Hallowe’en treat bags! You will be able to peek inside the storefront in progress (but not go in since it's still a hard hat area), and we will have a trick or treat bag with a free book and treats. Come in costume, especially if you’re garbed in genre,  and take part in a fun introduction to the new MG neighborhood! Please come! Our new address is 5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92111.            
Sat, 11/01/2014 - 12:30pm
Readers are invited to immerse themselves in the dark thrilling emotional world of Eureka Bordeaux, introduced in Lauren Kate’s Teardrop, as she faces love, betrayal, and contradictions, as well as the rise of Atlantis and confrontations with its king, all unleashed by a single tear. The best-selling author of the Fallen novels – being adapted for the screen by Academy Award-winning director, Scott Hicks – will also share the changes and challenges she faced in her writing process, and her relationship with her characters and stories, while writing Waterfall.              

Waterfall (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780385742672
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Delacorte Press, 10/2014

Eureka’s tears have flooded the earth, and now Atlantis is rising, bringing with it its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him, but first she must learn how to fight. She travels across the ocean with Cat, her family, and Ander, the gorgeous and mysterious Seedbearer who promises to help her find Solon, an enigmatic lost Seedbearer who knows how to defeat Atlas. 

Once on land, Eureka is taunted by gossipwitches, a group of displaced Atlantean sorceresses, and ambushed by locals struggling to survive amid the destruction her tears have wrought. And she feels no closer to facing Atlas or saving the world when Solon lets slip that love is Ander’s weakness, and that any affection he feels toward her makes him age faster. 

Trying to make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created, Eureka receives startling insight from an enchanted pond. Her bewildering reflection reveals a soul-crushing secret: if she’s strong enough, Eureka can draw on this knowledge to defeat Atlas—unless her broken heart is just what he needs to fuel his rising kingdom. . . . 

In Waterfall, Eureka has the chance to save the world. But she’ll have to give up everything—even love.

About the Author 

Lauren Kate is the internationally bestselling author of the Teardrop series, the Fallen novels: Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture, and Fallen in Love, and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 3:00pm
    Our staff will be cooking up recipes from The Art of Eating Through a Zombie Apocalypse, so expect some interesting – and possibly disgusting – snacks to sample. A fine group of horror authors will add atmosphere to the spooky occasion: Maria Alexander signs Mr. Wicker; Leslie Klinger signs The Annotated Lovecraft; E.S. Magill signs Halloween Tales; Abigail Padgett signs An Unremembered Grave; Eric Red signs It Waits Below; Tiffany Tang signs Creepy Little Death Poems; Tamara Thorne signs Thunder Road, and Abigail Padgett signs An Unremembered Grave. Join us for a full afternoon of haunting fun.
ISBN-13: 9781940363363
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Smart Pop, 10/2014

Eat Your Way Through the Zombie Apocalypse

Please join us as we celebrate the new cookbook, The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide. Our staff will prepare a selection of the recipes for your enjoyment, and everyone is welcome to attend in costume, or as a zombie, if you already are one. While there will be no author, there will be much fun, food, and mayhem!

Details to follow.

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 7:30pm
We’re thrilled to celebrate the launch of For the Dead, the sixth Poke Rafferty title. This Edgar- and Macavity-nominated thriller series set in Bangkok, featuring travel writer Poke Rafferty, is just as gripping and fast-paced as ever. If you haven’t discovered Hallinan and this gritty series, then it’s time you did. In this latest, Poke’s adopted daughter Miaow buys a stolen iPhone and discovers photos of two dead police officers. It soon becomes clear that there is a conspiracy surrounding the murder investigation that reaches all the way to the top of Bangkok law enforcement, endangering Poke and his entire family. Timothy Hallinan has worked in the television and music industry for years, but now writes full-time, diving his time between California and Southeast Asia. He is the author of not only the Poke Rafferty thrillers, but the Junior Bender mysteries, featuring a wise-cracking burglar who moonlights as a private eye for crooks.            

For the Dead (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781616951146
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Soho Crime, 11/2014

Poke Rafferty is happier than he's ever been. He's financially solvent, his family is about to grow larger, and his adopted Thai daughter, Miaow, seems to have settled in at junior high school. All that is endangered when Miaow and her boyfriend, Andrew, buy a stolen iPhone from a shady vendor and discover photographs of two dead police officers on it—disgraced officers, violently murdered to avenge the long-dead. Surrounding the murder investigation is a conspiracy that reaches the top rungs of Bangkok law enforcement, and perhaps beyond. It soon becomes apparent that Miaow's discovery threatens the entire family—and if that's not enough, in order to survive, they may ultimately have to depend on someone who, in the past, has already betrayed them.

About the Author 

Timothy Hallinan is the Edgar- and Macavity-nominated author of thirteen widely praised books—twelve novels and a work of nonfiction—including the Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers The Queen of Patpong and The Fear Artist and the Junior Bender novels, Crashed, Little Elvises, and The Fame Thief. After years of working in Hollywood, television, and the music industry, he now writes full-time. He divides his time between California and Thailand.

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:30am
Lisa See discusses and signs China Dolls at the Bistro Garden Restaurant in Studio City. More details are to follow.

China Dolls (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780812992892
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Random House, 6/2014
The author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls has garnered international acclaim for her great skill at rendering the intricate relationships of women and the complex meeting of history and fate. Now comes Lisa See’s highly anticipated new novel, China Dolls.

It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade. The stunning Ruby Tom challenges the boundaries of convention at every turn with her defiant attitude and no-holds-barred ambition.

The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. When their dark secrets are exposed and the invisible thread of fate binds them even tighter, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday November 4th.        Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)         Happy Reading!         Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 
ISBN-13: 9780316297073
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company, 11/2014
Signed copies will be available. Order yours today!

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 6:30pm
After graduating from Smith College in 2001 and working briefly for MGM, Jessica Brody switched her focus to the written word. After penning five contemporary pieces, she dove into science fiction with her 2013 novel Unremembered and its high octane sequel, Unforgotten (the final novel in the trilogy, Unchanged, will be released next February). In Unremembered, a sixteen-year-old girl wakes up among the debris of an oceanic plane crash with absolutely no memories. But what most confuses her isn’t her memory loss, but the alluring boy who claims to know her – and helped her escape a top-secret science experiment.

Unforgotten (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780374379902
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2/2014

Some memories are better left forgotten

After a daring escape from the Diotech scientists who created her, Seraphina and Zen believe they are finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await them at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend Sera. A weapon that even Sera will be powerless to stop. Her only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it won’t stay forgotten for long. Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, Unforgotten is the riveting second installment of Jessica Brody’s Unremembered trilogy, and delivers more heart-pounding action as loyalties are tested, love becomes a weapon, and no one’s memories are safe.

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 9:00am
Join us for an exciting event aboard the USS Midway Museum: mingle with a few dozen authors, including T. Jefferson Parker, Dale Brown, Hank Steinberg, Catherine Coulter, James Rollins, Iris and Roy Johansen, and Allison Brennan. Admission is free with your USS Midway Museum ticket--now 50% off for San Diego County residents! (Non-residents: mention the Military Book Fair for a $5 discount) The event will also offer panels by veterans. A portion of the proceeds will be supporting select veteran service organizations and support groups including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fleet Reserve Assoc., and the Marine Corps League. Also, non-profit veteran support groups including Veterans Village of San Diego (National Coalition for Homeless Veterans), Reboot (veterans’ transition services), United Service Organizations (USO), Authors United for Veterans, and others. Discover more about a day of authors and support for our country’s veterans at Further details for this event are to follow.Find out more information by going to:

Full Measure (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781250052001
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: St. Martin's Press, 9/2014
Patrick Norris has seen the worst that Afghanistan has to offer–excruciating heat, bitter cold, and death waiting behind every rock as comrades are blown to pieces by bombs and snipers. He returns home exhilarated by his new freedom and eager to realize his dream of a sport fishing business. But he is shocked to learn that the avocado ranch his family has owned for generations in the foothills of San Diego has been destroyed by a massive wildfire and the parents he loves are facing ruin. Ted Norris worships his brother and yearns for his approval. Gentle by nature, but tormented by strange fixations with a dark undercurrent, Ted is drawn into a circle of violent, criminal misfits. His urgent quest to prove himself threatens to put those he loves in peril. Patrick puts his own plans on hold to save the family’s home and falls in love with Iris, a beautiful and unusual woman, when disaster strikes. When Ted’s plan for redemption goes terribly wrong, he tries to disappear. Desperate to find his brother and salvage what remains of his family, Patrick must make an agonizing choice. Three-time Edgar Award-winner T. Jefferson Parker is known for his many bestselling crime novels, from Laguna Heat to The Famous and the Dead. Full Measure marks a departure; it is a literary novel that explores many subjects, among them the bonds of loyalty between brothers.

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 7:30pm
Don’t miss the 20th annual San Diego Jewish Book Fair! More than 30 authors will speak over the course of six days. Highlights include programming with Carol Leifer (How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying); Kai Bird (The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames); Tova Mirvis (Visible City); Ayelet Waldman (Love and Treasure); and Nicole Mones (Night in Shanghai), a cooking panel, and coffees, teas and lunches with authors, and a free family day. Mysterious Galaxy will be the bookseller at both locations and will have a vast selection of handpicked titles and gift items. Please join us to celebrate and support The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, a non-profit organization that expands and enriches cultural life in San Diego. You can find more information, including where to find tickets, visit:  
Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday November 11th.         Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)          Happy Reading!          Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 

Blue Labyrinth (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781455525898
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing, 11/2014
Signed copies will be available. Order yours today!